Occurs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Next Occurs on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:00pm12:30pm.
Hamilton Building - Level 1
Included in general admission

Nooner Tour (Tuesday—Friday)

Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. Included in general admission.

Meet in the first level elevator lobby of the Hamilton Building.

Upcoming Topics

May 3 & 5: Western Landscapes Explored

What is a landscape? What do they do? What are they for? Landscapes can become portraits of place seen through the artist's eyes, intentions, and preoccupations with the times.

May 4 & 6: The Iconography of Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien's images are familiar objects set in an abstract setting. Divorced from their usual context, they compel the viewer to abandon his perception of the object and concentrate only on the shape.

May 10 & 12: Northwest Coast Treasures

We will concentrate on three objects in the Northwest Coast collection, each of which shows how the artist chose abalone shell as one of the materials of adornment. We'll talk about what abalone shell meant to the artists and how these three objects reflect important ideas of the Northwest tribes.

May 11 & 13: Native American Sight/Sound Weavings

We will explore Auto Immune Response, a woven, interactive, multisensory piece by contemporary Navajo artist Wil R. Wilson, and compare it with the beaded skirts and aprons created by 19th century Native American women artists of Northern California.

May 17 & 19: Survivors and a Victory

From Treasures of British Art (drawn from the Berger Collection), we'll focus on The Crucifixion of Christ and Sir Claude Francis Barry. A painting that survived the purge of a king and another painted by the greatest artist that you never heard of!

May 18 & 20: Change, Connect, Continue

Tatsuo Miyajima's work titled ENGI is meant to engage the visitor entering the Hamilton Building through change, connection with everything, and continuation. Come and discover the core concepts behind this piece of public digital art and explore a more in-depth look at this artist and his work.

May 24 & 26: Ruskin Pottery Revealed

Who was Ruskin? What is flambé, soufflé, lustre, and crystalline/matte? Why is there a piece from the 1700's sitting amongst all of the others? Why did the chemist potter William Howell Taylor destroy all of his glaze recipes when he retired? Let's explore these and other questions in front of 80 newly-acquired pieces of Ruskin pottery.

May 25 & 27: Olmec Seated Figure, 1000-500 BC

The Olmec were the "Mother Culture" of all subsequent Mesoamerican civilizations and older than the better known Maya. We will discuss their games, rituals, and art from the 40-ton stone heads to the beautifully crafted seated figures or "babies."

May 31 & June 2: Woodblock Prints in the Edo Period

We will be looking at wood block print pictures from the Edo period of celebrities including Kubuchi actors.

June 1 & 3: Chairs as Sculpture

Function and art come together as innovative designers have created their own artistic interpretations of one of our most familiar objects, the chair. As modern furniture evolves into the 21st century, these designers have taken a vast variety of materials and form in order to create beautifully sculptural pieces of furniture, on view in Unseated: Contemporary Chairs Reimagined.

June 7 & 9: All the World is a Stage

You will be invited to enter the art. Allow yourself some fun in the whimsical installation Tableau.

June 8 & 10: Red Grooms: Shoot-Out

Shoot-out is Pop Art sculpture poking fun at all sides—cowboys, Indians, and Hollywood stereotypes of the Old West. We will explore the intentions and different perceptions of this artwork.

June 14 & 16: Native Dance Then and Now

Dazzling contemporary American Indian dance regalia serves as the entry point for exploring the importance of dance to Native Americans. Artwork showing both historical and contemporary dances in Why We Dance also reveals how American Indian dance ensures the continuation of ancient ways and demonstrates the ongoing vitality of native communities.

June 15 & 17: Bouguereau, The French Academic

What makes art “audacious”? It depends on who you ask… William-Adolphe Bouguereau—19th-century French academic painter—likely found the kaleidoscopic color, thick brushstrokes, and scenes of everyday life of the Impressionists quite radical. We’ll explore Bouguereau’s traditionalism in Childhood Idyll, alongside landscape paintings of his more “daring” contemporaries.

June 21 & 23: Two Guys Lost in the Desert

How did two photographers who had never seen the desert Southwest react when they went there in the 1870s? We will consider the conventional ideas about art Timothy O’Sullivan and William Bell brought with them, and the new ideas they formulated during their years with the Wheeler Survey expeditions.

June 22 & 24: Paint, Stain …. & All That Jazz!

Get to know Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler, two fascinating Abstract Expressionist artists. We'll compare the similarities and differences in their art, childhoods, and life styles. What made them so unique and great?

June 28 & 30: Women and Men: Click on Canvas

Using paint to unleash their feelings, women and men artists confront the blank paper, board, and canvas as equals.

June 29 & July 1: Life, Death, and Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst is an artist of fascinating contradictions—a sheep preserved in formaldehyde and glass; a human skull encrusted with diamonds; butterflies mounted on bright yellow house paint. We are enthralled and horrified; we are repelled and inspired. Hirst explores death via life and leaves his meaning to the viewer's emotions.

July 5 & 7: Dance Regalia: Art of Adornment

July 6 & 8: Painting American Indian Dance

July 12 & 14: “…A pretty Jest, Indeed!”

July 13 & 15: An Exuberant Dance of Youth

July 19 & 21: Women Outside the Lines

July 20 & 22: The Medium Sends the Message

July 26 & 28: Summer in Europe

July 27 & 29: May I Have This Dance?

August 2 & 4: The Wild, Wild West in 3-D

August 3 & 5: China: Furniture and Robes

August 9 & 11: Krasner: The Ever Changing Image

August 10 & 12: Abstract Expressionism & Dance

August 16 & 18: Rosina – Muse, Model, or Lover?

August 17 & 19: Classical Ooze

August 23 & 25: The Power of Dance

August 24 & 26: Meet Our Lady of Sorrows

August 30 & September 1: The Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance

August 31 & September 2: Cornwell: Process & Characters